Since the start of the year I have produced a large amount of work, some of which isn’t always easy to display or photograph. I wanted to document all of the sculptures I have made throughout this year in a way that would be easier to view, rather than having to riffle through a pile of pictures. After I had sorted through the pieces I wanted to photograph (which was well over 100 individual pieces), I set up a plinth with a white wall behind to get the best images of my work. I shortly decided afterwards that I could make a slideshow video of all of the photographs which I think is a better and more efficient way to view my work (other than seeing them in person of course).
Here is the video I put together, which I have uploaded to YouTube!…
This week I finally got to see the musical Wicked. I have wanted to see it for sometime because I’m secretly (until now) a big fan of musicals, and I have always loved The Wizard Of Oz ever since I was young. I went to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in March with my mum, to see the touring version (because they have a different cast to the shows that are on Broadway and The West End). The show is basically all about the wicked witch(and the other memorable characters), starting with her back story and with odd cross overs to the original Wizard Of Oz.
The show was stunning and magical. Everything was perfect, from the music to the acting to the costume and set design. So I instantly knew why the show has won so many awards. I would love to see this musical again, maybe somewhere that has a bigger stage because I felt that this show needed to be performed in a bigger theatre to fully appreciate the set designs and costumes.
“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
– Frida Kahlo
For the live project, me and my course-mate were asked to design two booklets, one each for the fine art master students, who have graduated this year. The artists had finished their course, by creating an exhibition of their work. This body of work was what each of the booklets had to include, as well as a written piece that went along with the exhibited pieces. The booklet would also act as self promotion for each of the artists, as they could hand these to possible employers or galleries in the future.
Before we began to create the booklets, we had a meeting with the tutor who asked us to do this task. During the meeting, some ideas were outlined about the presentation and overall things that needed to be included. The booklets needed to…:
- A5 in size (opening out to an A4 spread)
- Matte finish
- Minimal design
- Equal number of pages
- One double spread page
- Simple font style (easy to read)
- Include the university’s contact information
- Include the university’s logo
When Designing the booklets, we took all of these factors into consideration, and made sure that each of them were met. Below are some previews of the booklets during the design and layout process.
Kelly’s Booklet –
Matthew’s Booklet –
A dream come true happened of mine when we visited the Brooklyn Museum during the middle of our visit. I finally got to see a piece of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat in person. And all I can say is that it left me speechless. I was so captivated by the piece I had lost track of time of how long I had spent in front of his painting. I was sad that there was only one piece available to see, but that was enough for me to reconfirm my love for this artists work. The pictures I took can in no way represent how incredible this piece was. I’m glad I had one of my goals met on this trip, and I’m forever grateful for getting to see one of my favourite artists work in real life.
Jean-Michel Basquiat – Untitled – 1982 – acrylic, spray paint, oil stick on canvas
All I can say about the MET was that it was…INCREDIBLE! I only wish we could have had a full day in there, because I’m sure there were plenty of things we missed. I am especially grateful for getting to see one of my favourite Van Gogh paintings (Roses – 1890)
The MET Website
Claude Monet – Morning on the Seine – 1897 – oil on canvas
Claude Monet – Waterlilies Reflections of Weeping Willows – 1918 – oil on canvas
Vincent Van Gogh – Roses – 1890 – oil on canvas
Vincent Van Gogh – Wheat field with Cypresses – 1889 – oil on canvas
Jackson Pollock – Autumn Rhythm – 1950 – Enamel on canvas
Mark Rothko – No. 3 – 1953 – oil on canvas
Cy Twombly – Untiled (Rome) – 1962 – oil paint, wax crayon and graphite on canvas
David Hockney – A Bigger Splash – 1967 – acrylic on canvas
David Hockney – Pool and Steps – 1971 – acrylic on canvas
Pablo Picasso – Woman with Yellow Hair – 1931 – oil on canvas
Georges Barque – Landscape near Antwerp – 1906 – oil on canvas
Josef Albers – Tenayuca – 1942 -oil on masonite
Josef Albers – Luminous Day – 1947-52 – oil on masonite
Josef Albers – Study for Homage to the Square – 1958 – oil on masonite